Friday, March 13, 2015

I'm Trying to be Healthy!!

I've decided to start writing about my health, and all the issues that are coming with it.

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I'm really struggling to come to terms with the problems my health is giving me at the moment. Nothing I do seems to be working, it's incredibly frustrating. 

Now, I am not saying I'm perfect. I'm so unperfect that I created that word to describe it! But, could you imagine if you had to give up everything you loved to eat?!

I love Chinese food, chocolate, crisps............but don't we all? I can no longer eat any of that.

Even the good stuff, like grapes, bananas, pasta. I have to be careful of the sugar/carb content, a ripe banana can knock me out for 2 hours, thanks to my type 2 diabetes..........you know the fatty one. However, my diabetes came on during pregnancy and the doctor, at the time, told me it was going to be with me, always.

Unfortunately people thing type 2 and automatically think:
'lose weight and it will go away'
Oh, OK, that's nice and simple then.

Except it isn't!

I am eating, around, 1200 cals a day.
I do, mostly 10,000 steps (according to my fitbit)
Included in that are, at least, 30 minutes highly active.

Yet..........no weight loss, at least not like a normal person would. If most people ate like I did, they would be dropping weight no problem.

As my sugar is, slowly, coming under control (thanks to the 6 tablets and 2 injections I take), my blood pressure is going up. I have to go back in 2 weeks, to the nurse, to see if I'm going to need, yet more, tablets!

Now to top it all off............I think I may be lactose intolerant. It's been a self diagnosing process, I just can't take more doctor/nurse appointments. I've had terrible bad stomachs most of my life but, as an adult, I've spotted the connection to milk products. So I cut it out, changed to alpro almond milk amd I noticed the difference immediately. 
I then started looking at what would happen if I ate cheese one day: back to the bloated stomach and lethargy. 
Same with chocolate *sigh*.

The thing is, I forget! I like to nibble a bit of chocolate, when the boys have some..........then I get a bad stomach.

I have, however, made one lovely discovery, alpro coconut milk!

If you make your porridge in the morning, following the packet instructions, using the coconut milk as the liquid. Then add one teaspoon of drinking chocolate.

It's like eating a melted Bounty bar! 

Sorry for the mile long post, I'm not feeling sorry for myself, I am just getting it all out there. I plan on continuing to write about my health, I'm hoping that I can gain support and encouragement. I have never been small, I've been overweight all my life, something the medical profession never take into account.

Anyway, if you have any tips on how I could actually lose weight, I would be eternally grateful. 
I just can't seem to do it.

29 comments:

  1. I couldn't do what you do. Just that image made me shake, you see I have a needle phobia. Trying my best to ignore that image, I think that you are trying so hard. Go Ojo Go. ;)

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    1. I'm lucky that needles have never bothered me, good job really! I am definitely trying x

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  2. Oh chick - sounds like you have been through and are still going through one hell of a ride! I am not too clued up on Type 2 diabetes, I didn't realise it could affect you so badly - to the point that you need to give up so much. I am so glad you have found the coconut milk though and found a way to still enjoy some chocolate tastes! I will be keeping my eyes peeled for nice recipes and will send them through.

    Get yourself steady before you worry about weight loss, it will all come in time! Sim xx

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    1. I really appreciate the recipe help. I shall keep trying to be healthy x

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    2. Aww bless you, your are clearly trying really hard! I too have an intolerance to dairy, especially milk but I quite like the flavoured alpro milks you can buy. Keep going, it's a long journey and you have so many obstacles to deal with! :)

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    3. Thank you so much. The Alpro milks have been a ready find x

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  3. I love the coconut milk, not thought about adding the chocolate though!! Health comes first, the weight loss will follow, I know it is easier said than done but try not to stress about it all. Keeping a food diary and writing meal plans helps me, makes me stick to what I'm eating xx

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    1. I've been using myfitnesspal for a diary, and I love meal planning too. You should try adding a spoon of choc, it's delicious x

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  4. Sounds really bloody tough jo! It's always simple for people to loose the weight it's really not and it must be so so frustrating. I can empathise with the not eating good stuff thing anything wheat gluten and dairy containing are totally out of bounds for me! Xxx

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    1. It's so hard! I love cheese, but it is just not worth it x

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  5. So sorry to read this. What a struggle! I really hope you find a solution that works for you. I gave up a lot of food years ago to get my IBS under control. It worked, but I felt miserable because I was living pretty much on rice and vegetables and I'm the opposite to you - I lose weight very easily! It might sound like a nice problem to have, but it's not great either. I now eat most of the 'banned' foods, but in moderation.
    Good luck with getting it all under control. x

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    1. Thank you. I felt like it was time to share these issues I have, because others go through itand I knew advice would be our there. Thanks for your support xx

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  6. It sounds trite but if what you are doing is not working, you have to try something new. You have already done that with the milk thing so you can do it step by step with other foods. Have you had checks for allergies/intolerances? I think they used to do them free at Holland and Barrett. And your tastes can change - mine have. Try the Deliciously Ella recipes and that might help and then there is the slimpod route too. You can do this! And I will love you whatever your size

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    1. I am going to try that deliciously Ella site, you have mentioned it before. I think I will go tho Holland & Barrett too, see if they do xx

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  7. I'm with you. I was diagnosed in pregnancy and it never went. You're not alone. My diabetic team told me of another drug which makes it easier to loose weight but I got pregnant again so couldn't have it. I go on Monday I will ask them and let you know x

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    1. I know we spoke on FB, but I hope they work for you! xx

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  8. In 2001 I had Candida, IBS, bloatedness like I was 7 months pregnant AND PCOS. I gave up wheat, dairy, caffeine, aspartame, sugar etc, oh and alcohol. I started in February and had lost 3.5 stone by June. I know how easy it is, because within a few days sugar tastes horrible, so your new desires, accompany your new diet, YET since 2001 I haven't had the self discipline to do it again, even though I know it is easy and it's for a few reasons. (1) I know that those first 3-4 days are really hard and (2) I know eating the way I want to is more expensive, BUT I need to get on with it. Comfort food is a killer. For me, as well as those 2001 things I now have plantar fasciitis which is totally flared up by acid. PLUS I get heartburn, something in 40 years I have never suffered from. So 100% I am too acidic. I think you and me kid both need to up our greens. A green smoothie a day would do us the world of good and personally, I really need to cut out the coffee. Good luck. Sorry for the ramble xxx

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    1. I'm thinking of trying the smoothie route, we don't have enough fruit in our lives, other than the basics (apples, bananas, grapes). I looked into the total cleanse, but I couldn't do it, it would be bad for my diabetes xx

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  9. Sounds like you are doing all the right things, my dad and some of my aunts and uncles have type two diabetes and it can be tough for them at times. Have you ever tried any raw vegan recipes? If not they might be worth a try for helping you lose weight and stay healthy x

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    1. I am actually looking at some of those types of recipes, a few people have pointed me in the right direction xx

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  10. I am so with you in your struggles - my husband has Type 2 and his medical advisors seem v. reluctant to advise on diet - their treatment is very prescription based. Drugs are wonderful but we are battling away to try and work out the best foods for him to eat. Lots of green smoothies and currently trying to give up wheat. Good luck with it all and keep your heart up.

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    1. Yes!!! This comment is bang on. It does seem to be very medication driven, when I need advice x

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  11. Great post, now is a line drawn and you can move on, my mum has type 2 diabetes and it is so hard. I like the idea of bounty porridge! X

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  12. I struggled with sugar levels in pregnancy but was lucky to not develop diabetes. My mum was the same and my gran did develop type 2 later in life. I couldn't do what you have to do but I love the sound of porridge with coconut milk and chocolate. X #PoCoLo

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    1. I love my bounty porridge lol. I'm glad you didn't develop it, it's very scary for the baby xx

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  13. We thought my OH had a gluten/lactose intolerance but his Dr suggest going onto a FODMAP led diet. There's lots of info online, but basically it looks at the enzymes in food so there are certain foods, including fruit & veg which are really good and others that can irritate and cause tummy problems, bloating, lethargy. We both started following it and lost weight without really trying. It might be worth just looking at the "bad" foods on the FODMAP list and see if you can see any pattern?

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  14. Started giving attention to my health too. If I find something that works will share right up. But now I am having a hard time with food and losing weight too. #pocolo

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